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Was it a Case of Subacute Peritonitis?

J. Lue Sutherland, M.D.
JAMA. 1894;XXIII(13):513-514. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421180031009.
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Grand Island, Neb., Sept. 20, 1894.

To the Editor:  —I wish to report the following peculiar case and to ask the opinions of some of the many members of the Association as to the etiology and origin of the trouble:Mrs. D., aged 27, widow, almost three years; mother of three children, youngest 6 years and 8 months; aside from constipation of about eight years' standing, and an occasional sick headache, was considered healthy. Was taken with sharp colic pains in the stomach and upper abdomen on the morning of August 2. Saw her about 7 A.M. She located the onset of the pain in a small spot in the median line, just below the ensiform cartilage. She had eaten nothing hurtful. There was no tendency to vomiting, or diarrhea, and the temperature was normal. The pain was quickly subdued by a hypodermic of morphia one-fourth grain. Hot turpentine cloths


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